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Polly Findlay directs Pulitzer-winning Proof at Chocolate Factory

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Polly Findlay will direct a revival of David Auburn's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof at the Menier Chocolate Factory, which opens on 20 March 2013 (previews from 13 March).

The production follows the Whatsonstage.com Award-nominated revival of Merrily We Roll Along at the venue, which continues until 9 March.

Proof premiered Off-Broadway in 2000 and was subsequently staged at the Donmar Warehouse in 2002 starring Gwyneth Paltrow in her UK stage debut.

The story centres on Catherine, who has cared for her father Robert, a renowned mathematician, through his mental illness for the past five years. His ex-student, Hal, discovers a ground-breaking proof in Robert’s office but the question is posed: who is the real author of this brilliant work? Catherine struggles to solve this as well the most perplexing problem of all: how much of her father’s madness – or genius – has she inherited?

Polly Findlay's most recent credits include Antigone at the National Theatre, A Taste of Honey at Sheffield Theatres and The Country Wife at the Royal Exchange. She also directed Derren Brown's Olivier Award-winning solo show Svengali.

Proof, which runs until 27 April, will be designed by Helen Goddard (The Village Bike, The Country Wife) with lighting design by Paul Anderson (The Master and Margarita, Torch Song Trilogy).

Tickets go on sale to Chocolate Factory priority bookers from midday today (14 January), and to the general public on 23 January.

Casting will be announced shortly.


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